The color of my bra is pink

The color of my bra is pinkI totally didn’t plan it that way.

Actually, that’s the color of the bra I wore the last time I left the house. I don’t wear a bra when I’m home. I figured I’d share that since, you know, it’s apparently a topic of interest.

In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m talking about the Facebook “game” where girls post the color of their bras, but they’re not supposed to tell the guys what they’re referencing. Everyone’s supposed to have good giggle and somewhere along the way, learn something about breast cancer.

I’ve been reading a lot of posts speaking out against these games because they really don’t do anything. Participating in these silly games doesn’t actually teach anyone about breast cancer . . . about how to prevent it or how to recognize it or how to treat it. There seem to be several people vehemently against these games because they propagate the idea that the only thing one needs to do to get involved is act like 12-year-olds joking about bra color (or pregnancy or where we like to have sex).

And I mostly agree. I ignore them when they get passed around. I leave the conversation and I don’t pay attention to the status updates. My first reaction when I see those messages is to roll my eyes . But every time I read a post that speaks out against these games, I start to change my mind a little bit.

I still have no interest in playing. I’ll take my 12-year-old humor and my breast cancer awareness on separate plates, please and thank you. But I think the fact that these statuses are eliciting responses that do teach people real things about breast cancer shows there is a benefit, even if it’s a small one.

So both sides are really needed. The benefit comes from those who speak out against these status games, but only if they do more than rant about then, only if they share real information. . . . If you really don’t like the games, post a status that actually educates.

Write about the importance of regular self-breast exams or why you should know your family’s medical history and share it with your doc. Write about the importance of annual mammograms when necessary or when recommended by a doctor. Write about how eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and breastfeeding can all help prevent breast cancer.

Share information about organizations that are committed to breast cancer research – like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation or The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Share inspirational stories and images . . . like this one about a woman who refused to be defeated by her mastectomy scars and instead covered them with a beautifully elegant bra tattoo.

Whether you’re raising money, volunteering, or helping to educate anyone who will listen (or read), you can help . . . maybe not by posting the color of your bra . . . but maybe someone else doing so will motivate you to do more.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. This is a very good point! I have been guilty of playing along once in the past but keeping it from my husband never works cause he asks me over and over until I come clean! My reason for playing at all was more of a “my friends are doing it, so I will join it” but lately I just ignore it cause I don’t really see how it really helps. I think it just has become more of a be silly with my girlfriends and act like I have a secret from my husband more than about breast cancer. I like to share posts from actual Breast Cancer pages that share inspiration, stories and offer ways to donate and help. 🙂

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    • I just found it interesting that the more I read the anti-FB game posts, the more I realized that those posts were the positive to come out of it. People are sharing information they wouldn’t otherwise be sharing, having discussions they wouldn’t otherwise be having . . . and so for that, I can’t fault the stupid little games, no matter how ridiculous I think they are!

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